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Portal 2 User Review Backlash

The reviews of the PC edition of Portal 2 on Metacritic reflect the unhappiness of some users with Valve's just-released puzzle sequel. While the game boasts a 95 score based on critics' scores, the user score has dropped to 7.3, as there are 101 negative reviews as of this writing, many of them giving the game a zero. GamesIndustry.biz (registration required) summarizes the situation:

The complaints appear to come primarily from PC users, upset that the game is a console port - and even includes references to turning off the 'console' when saving. Most anger, though, seems to be directed at the online store - which is already filled with downloadable content.

The volume of day one downloadable content seems to have come as a surprise to many PC users, unused to the console-style arrangement. They have also expressed disappointment at the game's short running time and the controversial ARG promotional campaign - which tempted players into buying unrelated indie titles.

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90. Re: Portal 2 User Review Backlash Apr 20, 2011, 15:43 DrEvil
 
Verno wrote on Apr 20, 2011, 15:14:
Actually, I think the load times are a bit much and I have a next generation 10,000 RPM high-end SATA drive, so stuff it

You should probably examine your setup, I have it running on a 7200RPM Caviar Black and most levels load in under ten seconds. My SSD doesn't load it much faster than that either, usually a second or two. If it's taking much more than that then it's most likely related to a user-config specific issue. I agree though his reply was a bit silly in the context.

No, my config's fine. I'm just impatient and think 7-10 seconds is too long ;-)

I think part of it is a matter of perception -- the original created the perception that load times weren't that bad because it presented the loading differently.
 
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